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2020/2021  DIP-DIBUO1005U  Practical Seminar

English Title
Practical Seminar

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Graduate Diploma
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (part 2)
Course coordinator
  • Evis Sinani - Department of International Economics, Goverment and Business (EGB)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalisation and international business
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 26-06-2020

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Learning objectives
  • Explain and be able to specify the use of concepts, theories, models and analytical frameworks in relation to a self-defined problem at the intersection of company and society
  • Be able to assess and discuss methodical validity, reliability and the field of activity for generalising conclusions of future analyses.
  • Formulate a problem and how to subsequently analyse this, including giving reasons for the choice of method(s) selected for the analysis of the problem in question.
  • Search for sources on the basis of the problem – including sources outside the diploma specialisation’s syllabus.
  • Place the problem in question in a theoretical context.
  • Identify, explain and assess the business challenges related to the problem.
  • Discuss, assess and combine relevant concepts, theories, models and frameworks.
  • Participate actively in a seminar series and present results and criticism fluently and convincingly.
Prerequisites for registering for the exam (activities during the teaching period)
Number of compulsory activities which must be approved (see s. 13 of the Programme Regulations): 1
Compulsory home assignments
Attendance is compulsory at the seminar meeting/treatment. All material must be submitted before/on the specified date. Failure to submit material or absence without a valid reason (i.e. illness or illness in the immediate family (documentation is required)) results in the student being excluded from the seminar series and having to re-take the exam. Failure to submit material or absence for work-related reasons is not considered a valid reason and the student will be excluded from the seminar series and has to re-take then exam.
Practical Seminar:
Exam ECTS 5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 20 pages
Assignment type Report
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Autumn
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
The make-up exam takes the form of a written project of 30-35 pages in total.
The make-up exam should be on the same topic as the seminar report and should be submitted no later than 14 days after the original submission deadline or seminar meeting/treatment.
Description of the exam procedure

The assessment includes (a) an individual written seminar report of max. 20 standard pages.  However, the following activities are ALL a condition for registering for the exam: (b) the submission of a draft for the final report of min. 15 pages, (c) an oral presentation with defence of the report draft at a seminar meeting, (d) participation in the seminar meeting as opponent, (e) submission of a written discussion paper of two pages for every group member’s seminar report draft before the seminar meeting, (f) oral critical feedback and comments for other students’ seminar report drafts at the seminar meeting (opponency). The student must fulfil all the requirements without exception in order to not be recorded as absent.
The report draft – of min. 15 pages – is sent to the entire class at least two weeks before the meeting. The discussion paper is sent to the entire class at least one week before the seminar meeting. The report draft is presented orally for at least 10 minutes at a seminar meeting and receives 30 minutes oral and written critical feedback from fellow students and the supervisor(s). 4-8 students (the seminar class) and the supervisor(s) participate in the seminar meeting. All students take turns giving presentations at the meeting.

A single grade is awarded according to the 7-point grading scale. The grade is given by the supervisor based on the report when this has been resubmitted after being revised in accordance with the critical feedback from the seminar meeting.


Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The purpose of this seminar series is that the student gains experience with academic project writing and methodology, particularly the preparation of the problem formulation and the method.
The seminar series integrates knowledge and skills from the other courses and assignments on the programme. When preparing the practical seminar, the focus will be on problem clarification as well as central areas, methods, theories and processes. The seminar series is thus a significant training element for preparing the final thesis. The main emphasis in the seminar work is put on research design rather than analysis.
For this purpose, an individual written seminar report is prepared and made the object of critical feedback from a group of fellow students at a seminar treatment.
The programme will prepare a manual for the course. Additionally, an introductory lecture is held where the course of the seminar series as well as central methods will be presented. A pre-seminar meeting will be held where students voluntarily and in groups can meet with the supervisor(s). Two hours of supervision per student are allocated to the preparation of the seminar report, including the time the supervisor spends on preparation.
It is expected that the students themselves suggest a topic and company, which then has to be approved by the course coordinator.
The student must participate actively in the seminar series’ discussions of fellow students’ seminars in the respective seminar classes and offer independent feedback as well as alternative/constructive reflections to support their fellow students.
The author of the seminar manages the presentation under the supervisor’s supervision. The supervisor must also ensure that the seminar report is treated in an appropriate academic and pedagogical manner and based on an impartial and constructive discussion.
Further guidelines for the report, discussion paper and seminars are stated in the programme regulations as well as the seminar manual.


Lecture in the begining of November 2021 - date will follow.


Deadline for submission of Practical seminar in December 2021 - date will follow.
Deadline for final seminar assignment January/February 2022 - date will follow.


The final dates will be published on Canvas.

Description of the teaching methods
Teaching in seminars should facilitate independent argumentation and assessment. For this reason, seminar classes consisting of 4-8 students each are established. The dialogue-oriented structure and smaller classes should allow for an active and intensive course.
Feedback during the teaching period
Peer feedback.
Student workload
Preparation for introductory teaching, including attendance 20 hours
Seminar assignment 80 hours
Attendance, presentation and criticism 38 hours
Expected literature

Recommended literature will follow.

Last updated on 26-06-2020